Migraineur Runs the Boston Marathon

Angela Stanton I promised I would report on how my marathon went. I ran a 3:16 (7:23 pace per mile). and finished in the top 10% of women at the Boston Marathon, even higher in my age group. It was a tough day. Lots of rain, including hail, wind and hills. It wasn’t my fastest ever time (which is 3:13 from NYC marathon) but I finally finished without nausea, and I don’t feel sore at all. I did feel underfueled during the race and that is going to take some tweaking if I want to get faster.

But I beat 90 percent of women, 99 percent of whom were likely stuffing white carbs the whole weekend. There may be a way to address carb thresholds in the future but for this first go, I am very happy. No edema, no feeling dizzy at the end, no migraine i did drink some seltzer in the finishers chute. Gratuitous photo of the medal. Food was carnivore.

–JS 4/18/2023

“I told [my PCP] all about Dr Stanton’s protocol. He could not believe I was off my topamax, botox and zomig. I explained that I went from 25 migraines per month to an occasional [one] which unfortunately was really bad only because I gambled with carbs. I could tell by his facial expression that he thought it was crazy when I mentioned [the Stanton Migraine ProtocolTM]. After I explained, he said he was very interested in this. I said that I know this is against everything he probably learned in med school but sugar is the enemy, not salt… He said that the proof was in the fact that undeniably, its working. He wrote down the name of the book. And he typed on his laptop on my chart “to continue Stanton Migraine Protocol… therapy”.

Next, the nurse who came in was so intrigued and asked for the name of the book because she had been struggling all day with a migraine.

Tonight, I’m exhausted from last nights migraine attack. Today was strict baseline of eggs, peanuts, milk, scaps. Absolutely no simple carbs! Lesson learned. I do have a very high tolerance for carbs but I am not invincible! Lesson learned the hard way.”


Went to the University of Chicago yesterday because my dad has been bugging me to see their neurologist forever. GUESS WHAT HE SAID?! “Stop taking paid meds and increase salt/water intake and also spend at least 30 minutes outside every day.” I couldn’t believe it. My jaw almost dropped. The first and only medical doctor I’ve ever seen that suggested something that goes along with the protocol. He did prescribe me abortives that I’m supposed to take before it rains and before my period but he said overtime once I become more hydrated and build my strength up that I probably won’t need those either. SO EXCITED I COULD CRY.


Wanted to share something. I’ve had medication induced hyper tension for many years. I was put on a low presser (can’t remember the name) at age 18, propranolol around age 30, for my migraines. Started off innocently enough, 10 mg daily. My last increase was 80 mg, four times daily. I have been on more bp meds than my dad, who has had 5 heart attacks, quadruple bipass, and too many stents to count, even in his legs. I’ve been in this group less than a week, and trying to push fluids, and keep my electrolytes balanced. (I ordered the paper back book, but it’s yet to arrive) so I’m doing my best.

As of yesterday, I’ve not had a full blown migraine in almost a week, I’ve lost 10 pounds, and my blood pressure went from an average 174/132, down to 122/62. I’d not had meds in 11 hours, in case my doc wanted blood work. After telling her of Dr. Stanton’s protocol, she became very interested. On another nice note, I have to take my bp tid X 30d, and bid, X 4 weeks, and if mybp stays down, she’ll reduce my meds!! Yeehaw!! Thanks Angela!!


I had migraines for nine years, but now, as I follow the Stanton Migraine Protocol, the migraines are completely under control.
I started getting infrequent migraines after chemotherapy. Three years ago, they became very severe and lasted three days. I had all the usual symptoms of migraine, but they even affected my body’s temperature control and I would shiver uncontrollably under three thick blankets on a very hot day. A very high temperature soon followed. My legs were so weak that my son would have to help me down the stairs at work to go home. I went on sick leave, and took to my bed for at least three days a week.
A doctor sent me for an MRI and lots of other tests, which all came out negative. I was put on an anti-depressant as a preventative and it did help to reduce the frequency and the chills and fever stopped. However, I was still bed-bound for three days out of twenty-one, and hated the side affects. It has severely affected my memory even eight months after stopping, so I don’t recommend anyone to go that route.
Ten months ago, I was searching for more migraine groups on Facebook and came across Dr Angela Stanton’s group and her book. It was the best thing that had happened for a long time. I joined the group and Dr Angela asked me answer some questions about my health and diet. She spent a lot of time assessing and guiding me. I cut out all sugar and the tea I had been addicted to. It wasn’t easy, but has been well worth it. I followed the Stanton Protocol and started feeling better. Angela Stanton was there for me with advice whenever I asked her or had any concerns. I tapered off the anti-depressants slowly and became migraine free after a couple more months. It’s like a miracle to feel well and be able to work and socialize again.
I’ve got my life back due to Angela Stanton! She has shared her time, knowledge and brilliance with great kindness and I’ll never be able to thank her enough.


Dear Dr. Stanton,

I ordered your book and just finished it this past weekend.

Within the first 20 pages of your book, I had to put the book down twice because I was crying that finally someone understood me. I felt like you were describing me, either that or you and I are somehow related!

I am a 47-year-old, mother of two, married for 27 years, college-educated woman who has been suffering with migraines for as long as I can remember, though the last 10 years they have become quite debilitating. So many points you made in your book hit home for me that I never connected with having a “migraine brain.”

Like you describe, I too am very hypersensitive when it comes to sounds, smell, etc. In addition, I have always had very low blood pressure. I normally run in the 90s/60s. Though I have never been diagnosed with RLS, I do have certain times that I exhibit those symptoms. I am definitely going to be mindful now to see if this correlates with a migraine (though I am hopeful my migraines will be becoming a thing of the past).

I had a complete hysterectomy at age 35. At that time, I was put on hormone replacement therapy which I am still on. I tried weaning off this a few months ago but I ended up with terrible hot flashes and was not sleeping at all. At the same time, my migraines became even more intense and more frequent. (I have kept a log of my migraines since February of this year and generally have about 9 migraines per month.) So, I am back on estradiol 1 mg every day and the hot flashes are gone and I am sleeping great. The first week I went back on the HRT, I did not have any migraines but, of course, they came back. After reading your book, I realize that the migraines were most likely due to the stress of what my body was going through, not the hormones themselves. This was an ah-ha moment for me!

Another ah-ha moment for me was how severely dehydrated I have been my whole life. I would not drink as much as I should because I literally would have to go to the bathroom just about every 20 minutes. Of course, I have been eating all wrong so the water just ran through me. Let me just add that I love salt! However, my husband was diagnosed with hypertension years ago and so I have cut down on my salt over the years since he could not have it (coincidentally about the same amount of time that my migraines have gotten worse and more frequent), ah-ha!

So, I attempted your protocol Saturday (before finishing the book) which I completely messed up (eating a banana for breakfast without anything else) and ended up in bed all day with a migraine. Finished your book Saturday night and attempted again on Sunday. On Sunday, I started hydrating and eating my salt again. I actually woke up this morning [Monday] feeling better than I have in YEARS! I have had more energy today than I can remember. I know this is just day #1, and I am sure my diet needs work, but I can’t even describe how great I feel today. When I woke up this morning with no head pain, no nausea, no heavy feeling in my head……it is a miracle! In the past 48 hours since starting your protocol of hydrating and not just drinking, for the first time in over a year I actually did not have diarrhea or a very loose bowel movement this morning. This was surprising to me because one would think with the amount of fluids I have consumed in the past 48 hours, I would actually have a loose bowel movement. However, because the fluid now has something to cling to with the appropriate elements being consumed, the changes in my body function are already become apparent! AH-HA!!!

My son told me today that I look different, that my face was different. I saw it too, my skin looked fantastic! THIS IS DAY #1!

I am already weaning off the Topamax. This drug has been sucking the life out of me for the past 3 years. I am so excited to be medication free!

I can’t begin to thank you enough for your work. I believe that your protocol is going to change my life. When I think of all the family events I have missed, all the sick days I have had, and what my family has seen me through, I can’t even believe this might be over. I already am feeling so much better than I did even days ago and it is because of your work. Thank you just doesn’t seem enough. I have been in the medical field for over 25 years and have seen firsthand patients who are shuffled in and out of exam rooms, given a pill, and sent on their way. This is not the way I ever wanted to live. I am so excited for my future and am happy to help you in your work in any way I can. In the meantime, I will be spreading the word about your wonderful book.

God bless you and thank you again so very much,

I am now 5 weeks migraine free AND no vertigo!! My husband and 17 year old son, now watch what I eat (LOL) and help me maintain my food. My 17 year is so impressed with the changes in me that he is writing his debate speech on “Big Pharma” and the negatives of prescription drugs. One of my prescriptions was $4300 (No that is not a typo)- which is what started my search for something better/different.

I have stopped apologizing for my “special” orders at restaurants and I take my own food to dinner invites.

We stood at Panera for 15 minutes the other day waiting for the poor kid behind the counter to look for the book, so I could look up nutritional info on the soups. I don’t care and was not going to apologize. Just a side note: Their squash soup and tomato soup both have a lot of sugar!!

It is crazy to me that this has affected my son so much so that he writing his debate speech about pharmaceutical companies!

Thank you Angela A Stanton PhD!!